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State Disability Accommodation boost on International Day of People with Disability15940Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml3/12/2020 8:40:54 AM2020-12-03T08:40:00Z State Government to register as a Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Provider and allow the enrolment of State-owned group homes Enrolling all group homes will activate approximately $4 million of SDA entitlements annually to benefit people with disability Funding generated to help modify, maintain, refurbish and redevelop existing Group Homes or build additional SDA in Western Australia State-owned group homes in Western Australia will soon be enrolled as Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) properties under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). NDIS allows State-owned group homes to be enrolled as SDA, with 300-400 group homes expected to be enrolled. The Department of Communities (Communities) currently manages 35 homes, with the remainder managed by disability and community housing providers. Initially, Communities will enrol the homes that are currently managed by the agency, enabling some 150 NDIS participants to access their SDA entitlements. Communities will continue to work with the community housing and disability sector providers to facilitate the enrolment of the remaining State-owned group homes. Once all State-owned group homes are enrolled it is expected to generate approximately $4 million of SDA funding entitlements into WA annually that will directly benefit people with disability who need a specialised housing solution due to their high support needs. Funding generated through SDA will be invested to modify, maintain, refurbish and redevelop existing group homes, or build additional SDA. To inform the transition to SDA, Communities established an SDA Reference Group, comprising people with disability, disability advocacy groups, peak bodies, DevelopmentWA and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). A Technical Advisory Group, comprising the 14 community housing and disability sector providers who are currently managing State-owned groups, Shelter WA, National Disability Services WA and the NDIA, was established to provide input, particularly around the enrolment of State-owned homes. Consultation has also been undertaken with housing industry representatives, private SDA providers and representatives from the SDA Alliance, an alliance of new build SDA providers. Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson "The State Government wants to enable all eligible Western Australians to have the opportunity to activate their SDA entitlements, so they have greater choice and control over their housing and support arrangements. "The State Government is committed to ensuring that people with disability, their families and carers and the disability sector in WA maximise the benefits of the NDIS. "People with disability who are eligible for SDA funding face considerable barriers accessing appropriate accommodation options. By registering as an SDA provider and allowing State-owned group homes to be enrolled, the WA Government is providing a measure of certainty and reassurance to people with disability, their families and carers that they have not previously had. "Enrolling State-owned group homes as SDA will benefit the people living in them, the regions with scarce disability accommodation options and will increase housing options for people with complex support needs. "The enrolment of State-owned housing as SDA under the NDIS is an initial step on a path to greater choice and control for people living in these homes. No changes to current arrangements will occur without full and complete consultation with all stakeholders." Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "I'm pleased that funding generated through SDA will be re-invested back into the sector to improve existing homes and create new accommodation options for people with complex needs. "SDA is a great initiative that is helping create housing choice for people with very high needs. We will keep working with industry to stimulate a viable SDA market in WA, with a range of providers to meet a range of needs. "Not only will this benefit people with disability, it will also provide job opportunities for many Western Australians and support the WA Recovery Plan". Disability Services Minister's office - 6552 5800 Housing Minister's office - 6552 5300
Architect appointed to design new early childhood facilities in Wanneroo15939Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml3/12/2020 7:02:52 AM2020-12-03T07:00:00Z Architects appointed for $2 million early childhood building at East Wanneroo Primary School New facilities for more than 40 students Construction expected to start in February 2021 Christou Architects has been selected to design the new early childhood block at East Wanneroo Primary School which will provide exciting learning opportunities for kindergarten students. The new building will include two kindergarten classrooms, a kitchen, student and staff toilets, storage and modified fencing to suit the new facilities. These brand new early childhood facilities will provide the school's youngest students with the best possible opportunities as they start their education. With the project now in the planning stage, construction is expected to start in February 2021 with completion expected in January 2022. East Wanneroo Primary School currently provides education to 380 students from kindergarten to Year 6. This investment is part of the McGowan Government's $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan to modernise Western Australian public schools. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "I am excited to see how the new early childhood education centre will be designed, and I know this important project will benefit the Wanneroo community for years to come. "This modern new facility will ensure our youngest students have the best possible start to their education at East Wanneroo Primary School." Comments attributed to Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton "Today is a significant milestone for delivering on this addition to East Wanneroo Primary School. "I am proud of the work I have done in advocating for this much needed early childhood facility at East Wanneroo Primary School. "As a former teacher of 27 years, I know how wonderful this new facility will be for new students as they start their learning journey at East Wanneroo Primary School." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Perth-Fremantle Principal Shared Path extension to commence15938Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml3/12/2020 6:31:59 AM2020-12-03T06:30:00Z Fremantle Line Principal Shared Path to extend a further 2.1 kilometres to North Fremantle Station New path will improve safety and accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists Work will commence early 2021 and is expected to be completed by mid-2021 Part of McGowan Government's $220 million investment in cycling infrastructure A further PSP extension from North Fremantle Station and across the Swan River is part of the Swan River Crossings project, with community consultation underway A $5.1 million contract has been awarded to local company Advanteering Civil Engineers to construct a further extension of the Principal Shared Path (PSP) between Perth to Fremantle. The 2.1 kilometre section will run along the Fremantle rail line, from Victoria Street Station to North Fremantle Station, and will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians. The new four-metre wide section of PSP will provide a continuous, off-road path for people walking and riding along Curtin Avenue. It will build on the success of the McGowan Government's three-kilometre extension of the Fremantle Line PSP from Grant Street to Victoria Street in mid-2019, which more than doubled the amount of cyclists using the Fremantle Line PSP. Construction on the Victoria Street Station to North Fremantle Station section is due to commence in early 2021 and will support 36 direct and indirect jobs. New access points will also be constructed to Victoria Street Station, North Fremantle Station and the Leighton Beach Boulevard with further works to include upgrades to pedestrian crossing facilities on Curtin Avenue providing safer access to Mosman Beach and Leighton Beach car parks; and construction of a concrete path connecting the PSP to The Beehive Montessori School. Funded by the McGowan Government's Principal Shared Path Expansion Program, construction will be completed by mid-2021. Consultation is also underway on the Swan River Crossings project (Fremantle Traffic Bridge replacement), which will deliver the next stage of the path ensuring an uninterrupted journey for people walking and riding from North Fremantle down to, and across, the Swan River, while creating hundreds of local jobs and improving safety. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "This Victoria Street to North Fremantle PSP is part of the McGowan Government's $220 million cycling investment and commitment to completing gaps along our current path network to provide safe and continuous facilities. "The extension of this path provides a safe option for bike riders and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. "In the six months after the Grant Street Station to Victoria Street Station PSP was completed, we saw the number of people riding and walking on the path more than double, so I am confident this extension will be warmly welcomed by the community." Comments attributed to Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk "Fremantle has a huge cycling community as it is, and these projects will only get more of us on our bikes. "These sorts of projects are fantastic for commuters, but they will also benefit cycling tourism and provide a safe network for families. "Improving cycling connections in and around Fremantle has been a long-held commitment and we're proud to be investing record funding toward it." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Additional $5.5 million to further improve training in Peel region15937Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml3/12/2020 5:40:48 AM2020-12-03T05:30:00Z South Metropolitan TAFE's Mandurah campus to receive $5.5 million for hair and beauty training facilities Funding in addition to $9.17 million hospitality and tourism training centre New project will create more jobs and further stimulate the local economy Facilities will deliver significant educational and social benefits to Peel region Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery visited South Metropolitan TAFE's Mandurah campus today to announce $5.5 million for hair and beauty training. The project is fully funded by the McGowan Government, and will be included in the Mid-year Review in December. Planning for South Metropolitan TAFE's new $9.17 million hospitality and tourism training centre in Mandurah highlighted the need to address facilities for hair and beauty training at the campus. Hair and beauty training will be incorporated into the existing hospitality and tourism training centre project. This brings the total State Government investment at the Mandurah campus to $14.67 million. Co-locating the training areas will deliver significant community benefit as locals can enjoy an affordable meal at the training restaurant and then treat themselves to a low-cost massage or manicure while supporting student learning in a simulated environment. Mandurah's new state-of-the-art training facilities will meet demand for more skilled workers and greater youth engagement in the region by expanding training options and the number of half price courses available, as part of the State Government's Lower fees, local skills initiative. The Mandurah project was announced in July as part of the largest TAFE capital works program in WA history, a record $167.4 million investment to fund upgrades to essential infrastructure across the State's TAFE colleges. Planning and design at the Mandurah campus is well underway with construction anticipated to start in July 2021. The project is expected to be completed for Semester 2, 2022. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This further expands a record-breaking investment in TAFE and training by this Government that is setting up our State for the future and assisting job creation. "The project is fully funded, with work to get underway by July next year. "This project will improve local training and support jobs for local workers." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "This training facility will support the development of a highly skilled local workforce and support local industry throughout its construction. "This investment will ensure the Peel community has access to the very best learning environment." Comments attributed to Mandurah MLA David Templeman "This investment will be fantastic not only for the Mandurah community but for the greater Peel region. "The new facility will offer training opportunities for people in the region who want jobs in the local hair, beauty, hospitality and tourism industries." Comments attributed to Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke "These training areas are key areas of employment for youth in the region and its imperative we provide young people in Peel with these local training options. "I am delighted the McGowan Government is investing in the future of people in the Peel region." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700
Architect appointed for upgrades at Eastern Hills Senior High School15936Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml3/12/2020 4:33:15 AM2020-12-03T04:30:00Z ​Architects appointed for Eastern Hills Senior High School $2 million upgrades to cafeteria and specialist facilities Cafeteria and specialist classrooms will provide a modern and spacious space for more than 900 students Construction expected to start in August 2021Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery has today announced that Parry and Rosenthal Architects have been selected to design the upgrades to the cafeteria and specialist classrooms at Eastern Hills Senior High School. The upgraded facilities - worth $2 million - will be designed to accommodate students in modern and relaxing spaces as well as improving learning in specialist classrooms. The cafeteria will include a refurbished interior and re-organisation of the original counter interface. Specialist classrooms will also receive upgrades to bring them up to a more modern standard. With the project progressing on schedule, construction is expected to start in August 2021 with completion anticipated for mid-2022. This project is part of the McGowan Government's WA Recovery Plan. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "We're committed to investing in facilities at WA public schools to ensure that students are learning in modern and welcoming environments. "There are close to 1,000 students enrolled at Eastern Hills Senior High School who will benefit from a fresh new cafeteria and upgraded food and technology classrooms." Comments attributed to Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw "The architecturally-designed upgrade will bring a welcome refresh to the cafeteria and specialist classrooms at Eastern Hills Senior High School. "I look forward to seeing these facilities used by the community for years to come." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Architect appointed to design upgrades at Hampton Senior High School15934Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml3/12/2020 4:20:32 AM2020-12-03T04:15:00Z Architect firm Mode has been appointed to design refurbishments at Hampton Senior High School Architects to design upgrades to create modern art classrooms Refurbishments are expected to start in mid-2021 Architect firm Mode has been appointed to design a $500,000 refurbishment for classrooms at Hampton Senior High School in Morley. The project includes refurbishing art and visual art classrooms to provide a modern learning environment for students. These upgrades are part of the McGowan Government's WA Recovery Plan. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "It is important to improve school facilities to ensure more students have access to a high-quality learning environment. "The refurbished classrooms at Hampton Senior High School will match the great learning opportunities available for students." Comments attributed to Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly "Hampton Senior High School is already delivering a strong arts program for students, particularly with their specialised dance program. "Refurbishments to their visual arts classrooms will be a great way for students to expand their arts education." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Water Corporation initiatives to boost employment of people with disability15933Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml3/12/2020 4:00:48 AM2020-12-03T04:00:00Z New work experience placements and traineeships to help young people with disability be work ready Recruiters and managers to undergo disability confidence training Five per cent workforce representation of people with disability by 2025Young Western Australians with disability will be the focus of a new work experience placement and traineeship program at Water Corporation, as part of its ongoing commitment to improve disability access and inclusion. Announced today, on International Day of People with Disability, by Water Minister Dave Kelly, the State-wide program will offer 10 work experience placements and five school-based traineeships at Water Corporation on a rolling basis to students and school leavers with disability. The initiative, due to commence in March 2021, is an action under Water Corporation's Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) and supports its commitment to increase employment of people with disability to five per cent by 2025. People with disability are nearly twice as likely to be unemployed as people without disability, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, so the placements will emphasise employability skills, including working under direction as part of a team and communication. Participants will also have access to apply for any Water Corporation roles advertised during their placement. The program is one of a range of DAIP-related initiatives Water Corporation has implemented this year. In September, it partnered with National Disability Services WA on its 'Building the Talent Pool' program, to enhance its policies and processes and improve employment pathways and participation for people with disability. It also extended its engagement with Disability Employment Service providers to build a talent pool, and recently prioritised selection for some contact centre positions with the long-term aim of having all roles available to people with disability. Recent modifications to its recruitment practices include the encouragement of support workers to attend interviews, and all recruiters and selected managers will undergo disability confidence training over the next 12 months. Practical changes include accessibility upgrades at several Water Corporation sites, including creating a private consultation room at its Balcatta office for wheelchair-bound customers unable to transact online. For more information on Water Corporation's disability initiatives, view its DAIP online at https// or alternative formats are available on request. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Research from Disabled People's Organisations Australia shows many young people with disability don't enter the labour market in the seven years following their education, and they're more likely to experience long-term unemployment. "This sobering statistic highlights the vital importance of boosting the employability of school leavers with disability and prioritising the advertising and selection of roles to help redress the disadvantages they can encounter. "Water Corporation's forthcoming work experience and traineeship program will provide valuable insights in a supportive environment, helping these young people enter the job market." Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson "People with disability, like all Western Australians, have the right to expect that our community provides equal or equitable opportunities across life, from access to public places, our environment, events, education and employment. "On International Day of People with Disability, I commend Water Corporation for its ongoing commitment to equal employment opportunities for people with disability, and for striving to be an inclusive and accessible employer of choice." Water Minister's office - 6552 6100Disability Services Minister's office - 6552 5800
Aboriginal heritage place at Alkimos Central to be protected15932Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml3/12/2020 3:40:31 AM2020-12-03T03:30:00Z Aboriginal heritage place identified at Alkimos Central project The place, which includes around 20 naturally formed limestone pinnacles, was identified in the future Romeo Road reserve Senior Noongar cultural leaders have confirmed the pinnacles are of significance to local Aboriginal people DevelopmentWA and the Transport portfolio working with senior Noongar cultural leaders to determine a new route for Romeo Road that avoids the Aboriginal heritage place The McGowan Government is working with senior Noongar cultural leaders to preserve a significant Aboriginal heritage place at Alkimos Central, on the Mitchell Freeway Extension project's Romeo Road connection and adjacent to the METRONET Yanchep Rail Extension. A collection of around 20 naturally formed limestone pinnacles have been located within the Romeo Road reserve boundary and adjacent to the rail corridor for the METRONET Yanchep Rail Extension. Senior Noongar cultural leaders have since confirmed the pinnacles, which have not been officially named, have significant meaning to the Whadjuk Noongar people. Main Roads Western Australia, the Public Transport Authority and DevelopmentWA are working to revise development plans, in consultation with cultural leaders, to ensure Romeo Road is realigned to avoid the pinnacles. Along the METRONET Yanchep Rail Extension, Alkimos Central will be the city centre and transport hub for more than 90,000 residents when complete. The development is expected to support around 1,500 construction jobs and create up to 13,500 ongoing local jobs. The METRONET Yanchep Rail Extension is on track for completion in late 2022. Perth Airport, in a separate project to build a third runway, has also recently adjusted development plans to reduce impacts to a nearby Aboriginal heritage place. Perth Airport was granted section 18 consent in 2018 to build the proposed runway which at the time was envisaged to impact about 10 per cent of the Munday Swamp Aboriginal heritage place. Perth Airport has since carried out further redesign work to halve the impact of the new runway on Munday Swamp. The most recent designs now ensure that no airport or ancillary infrastructure will be located in the swamp's main water body, with the impact to the place limited to a mandatory security fence and an emergency access road that is largely outside the designated heritage area. Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "The discovery of the pinnacles in Alkimos is of great significance for the Noongar people and the surrounding Alkimos community. "With State Government agencies and senior Aboriginal leaders working together, we plan to realign the proposed Romeo Road to protect and celebrate this important piece of our cultural history. "This place highlights the importance of project proponents working with traditional owners to better protect Aboriginal heritage places. "The Perth Airport runway redesign is another example of how better outcomes for heritage places can be achieved through collaboration with traditional owners. "I commend the Perth Airport for their commitment to protect Munday Swamp and for their ongoing engagement with the Whadjuk Noongar custodians through a long standing partnership agreement. "This partnership is helping to restore the natural wetland area and reconnect the water flows from Poison Gully to Munday Swamp." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Main Roads has been working collaboratively with DevelopmentWA and local Aboriginal elders to realign Romeo Road, part of the Mitchell Freeway Extension project, to ensure this significant place is protected. "The Mitchell Freeway Extension, combined with the METRONET Yanchep Rail Extension, will create thousands of local jobs and provide new transport opportunities in our growing northern suburbs." Comments attributed to Butler MLA John Quigley "I am thrilled that the McGowan Government is taking steps at preserving local Aboriginal heritage. "Our northern suburbs have an incredibly rich cultural history which you simply can't replicate. "I will work hard to ensure Aboriginal places of significance and other historical landmarks are protected while the McGowan Government continues to build the north." Aboriginal Affairs Minister's office - 6552 5900 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Curtin University’s collapsed roof reassembled to help find answers15931Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml3/12/2020 3:10:28 AM2020-12-03T03:10:00Z Reassembled roof being examined by WorkSafe's expanded investigations team New expertise part of McGowan Government's $12.9 million funding for 21 new inspector/investigator positionsWorkSafe investigators have reassembled the roof that partially collapsed at Curtin University to try to determine what caused the structure to fail in October. The incident sadly led to the death of a 23-year-old worker and the serious injury of a 26-year-old worker in October. The reassembled roof is being examined by a recently expanded WorkSafe investigations team at a site in Welshpool, in an effort to discover the cause of the incident and to try to prevent a similar tragedy in the future. Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston visited the Welshpool site today to see how the recently expanded WorkSafe investigations team is using new skills to try to solve the cause of workplace accidents. The team is part of the McGowan Government's $12.9 million investment in 21 new inspector/investigator positions. The team has grown with new skills such as bringing in family support. Comments attributed to Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston "The Curtin University accident was a terrible event, and I hope that the reassembling of this roof will help investigators find the cause of the roof's failure and provide much-needed answers. "The McGowan Government has invested significantly to improve WorkSafe's investigative capabilities, which has meant new skills have been added to the investigations team. "We expect the expanded and improved investigative team will bring a higher value of service and help improve workplace safety and health practices throughout WA. "WorkSafe's thorough investigations of serious workplace injuries and deaths aims to prevent future incidents of a similar nature happening in the future. "I want to assure the families and friends of workplace victims of this Government's commitment to the highest standards possible for workplace investigations." Minister's office - 6552 6700
WA adds another Changing Place for people with disability15930Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml3/12/2020 3:05:08 AM2020-12-03T03:05:00Z 147 Changing Places across Australia as part of a national network Bathroom facilities for people unable to use standard toilets Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson has today congratulated Crown Perth on becoming the first registered hotel complex in Australia to provide a Changing Places facility for people with disability. Changing Places are secure, clean facilities for people with disability who need space and assistance to use the bathroom when out and about in the community. Standard accessible toilets do not meet the needs of all people with disability as they don't provide changing benches or hoists or are too small to accommodate carers at the same time. Changing Places provide equipment such as a height-adjustable adult-sized change table constant-charging ceiling track hoist system centrally-located peninsula toilet circulation spaces as defined in the design specifications automatic door with a clear opening of 950 mm at a minimum (1100 mm for beach and lake locations) privacy screen. The Crown Perth Changing Places facility will ensure that everyone in the community can access appropriate bathroom facilities while enjoying a day out at one of Perth's most popular entertainment destinations. The new facility will be located within the main Crown Metropol lobby area in between Silks and Rockpool Bar & Grill. There are currently 147 Changing Places across Australia, 32 of which are in Western Australia. Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson "Crown Perth is a major tourism and entertainment destination in Western Australia and this Changing Places facility significantly improves amenities for people with disability to ensure they can enjoy experiences on offer. "Changing Places is an international standard that ensures people with disability can use bathroom facilities without risk to health, safety or their dignity. "The State Government is committed to improving community access and inclusion, and the growing network of Changing Places ensures people with disability, their families and carers have increased options to travel around and engage in recreation activities across Western Australia." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Bunbury Waterfront project delivering benefits for the South-West15929Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml3/12/2020 3:03:01 AM2020-12-03T03:00:00Z Jetty Road Causeway, Stage 2 of the Bunbury Waterfront Development, now complete $12.65 million project supported local jobs with works undertaken by local WA company Stage 3 of project commencing with design of new breakwaters at Casuarina Boat Harbour and Koombana Bay underway More than $112 million allocated towards transformational project A key McGowan Government election commitment delivered The first part of Stage 2 of the transformational Bunbury Waterfront project, the Jetty Road Causeway, is now complete and will benefit locals and visitors in Bunbury and the South-West. A key election commitment, the Jetty Road Causeway was officially opened today by Premier Mark McGowan, Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Bunbury MLA Don Punch. The two-year project involved major repairs to the causeway with an additional 31,000 tonnes of rock placed to strengthen the structure. It also involved reconstructing Jetty Road, the addition of a penholder facility and public toilets, 164 new car parking bays, improvements to utilities including power and water and the introduction of shared paths and landscaping rejuvenating the area. The two main contractors for the project employed 16 full-time personnel and engaged a total of 23 local sub-contractors to complete the works. The design work will soon commence for new breakwaters at Casuarina Boat Harbour and Koombana Bay following the State Government's $78.1 million commitment to the third stage of the Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront initiative. The new breakwater will unlock Casuarina Boat Harbour's full potential by increasing the land area and establishing improved shelter for boats providing significant future capacity and commercial opportunity from the creation of a maritime hub for the region, boosting job opportunities and the local economy. At Koombana Bay the new breakwater, linked to a marina development proposal, will provide greater public access and fishing and swimming platforms. Construction of the breakwaters is expected to commence in late 2022 following the completion of the detailed design work and environmental approval process. People can visit http// Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Today the vision for Bunbury's waterfront has taken another major step towards becoming a reality for those living in and visiting the South-West with the opening of the Jetty Road Causeway Upgrade. "It was only two months ago that we announced the investment for the $78.1 million Stage Three Phase One works, which marks a significant milestone for this project and will continue the transformation and provide a major economic boost to the region with significant opportunities for local businesses. "The project is expected to create around 30 direct jobs and more than 200 flow-on jobs during construction. It's expected to pump more than $56 million into the South-West economy during construction alone, and will deliver long term economic benefits to the region." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The Jetty Road Causeway is a significant part of the Transforming Bunbury Waterfront project and will help rejuvenate an underutilised part of the City. "The project has supported local jobs and engaged local sub-contractors and will provide a welcome boost to the local Bunbury economy. "The completion of this part of the transformational project marks a significant milestone in the delivery of the waterfront vision for Bunbury which will help grow tourism and fast track development of the region's marine industry." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront is continuing to unlock Bunbury's vast potential for the local community and visitors alike. "Works are now underway on the next stage of Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront at Casuarina Drive, creating a new asset for the Bunbury community and creating local jobs in construction." Comments attributed to Bunbury MLA Don Punch "Jetty Road is not only an integral part of Bunbury's waterfront infrastructure it is also an important link to our heritage and our past so this is an important investment by the McGowan Government in our community. "The Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront project has been highly anticipated by our community as the Bunbury lifestyle is inextricably linked to our marine environment, so I know Jetty Road and the remaining elements of stage two will be highly valued by our community. "For decades the Bunbury community has aspired to make the most of our location and embrace our waterfront, and this project is achieving exactly that." Premier's office - 6552 5000Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Architect announced for new state-of-the-art science labs at Balga Senior High School15928Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml3/12/2020 2:20:31 AM2020-12-03T02:20:00Z Major $1.6 million upgrade to four science laboratories Architect firm appointed Preparing students for future careers in the world of scienceScience lessons for students at Balga Senior High School are set to be boosted with a major upgrade to the school's four laboratories. Architecture firm Hames Sharley has been appointed to design the state-of-the-art facility which will provide a high-quality learning and teaching environment with new work spaces. With the project now in the planning stage, construction is expected to start in mid-2021 with completion due in early 2022. This investment is part of the McGowan Government's $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan to modernise Western Australian public schools. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "These upgrades will give students a wonderful start in the field of science and help them prepare them for future careers. "The focus on science is vital to Western Australia's future economy and local jobs. "We know the majority of the fastest growing industries will require STEM skills and this gives students the best opportunity for future careers." Comments attributed to Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman "As Balga Senior High School celebrates its 50th year of delivering great education, this focus on science will equip it well for the next 50 years. "The science laboratories will add to the impressive technical, science and engineering skills delivered by Balga Senior High School's successful STEM program 'F1 in Schools', where Balga were State finalists and participated in the national competition." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Major new emergency department upgrade for Armadale Hospital adds to extensive investment in hospitals15927Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml3/12/2020 2:07:39 AM2020-12-03T02:05:00Z More than $900,000 being spent to upgrade Armadale Hospital emergency department Contract awarded to Aboriginal-owned Marawar Building Services Project highlights the McGowan Government's extensive program of upgrading hospital emergency departmentsAfter a competitive tender process, Marawar Building Services - which boasts more than 50 per cent of staff being Aboriginal - has been awarded a contract to reconfigure and upgrade the emergency department of Armadale Hospital, part of the East Metropolitan Health Service. Last financial year, more than 60,000 people attended the Armadale Hospital emergency department (ED), which services Perth's south-eastern suburbs. The ED reconfiguration has been designed to improve the patient experience through the development of a dedicated paediatric patient treatment area and waiting room, an enhanced low stimulus area for mental health patients, the establishment of a short stay unit for those patients who need to stay within the ED overnight and a dedicated ambulatory assessment area. In addition, to ensure appropriate safety measures and enhanced capability to deal with COVID-19 patients, a dedicated respiratory assessment area will also be developed. The preliminary work is expected to start this month and the project is anticipated to conclude in mid-2021. When completed, the ED is expected to improve the patient experience, provide clear patient flow pathways and decrease the time people need to wait to see medical staff. This is the latest in a series of hospital ED upgrades announced by the McGowan Government. They include $19 million upgrade at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital emergency department. This includes a Behavioural Assessment Unit and relocation of the EDFastTrack area to ensure these patients can be seen without entering the main ED department; the $257 million Joondalup Health Campus project which includes 12 new emergency department bays and a new 77-bed mental health building; $5 million in upgrades for the Peel Health Campus emergency department which is expected to be completed early next year. It follows last week's $152 million announcement for a major expansion to bring the hospital back into public hands; $1.4 million investment at Royal Perth Hospital in infrastructure works to improve patient flow and deliver a better patient experience. This work will start early next year and is expected to be finished in mid-2021. ED works completed this year include converting six critical care bays into single rooms and constructing two single rooms within the Quick Assessment and Care area; an expanded emergency department at Geraldton Health Campus as part of a $73 million program of works; and detailed design and planning for a $6 million Mental Health Emergency Centre at St John of God Midland Public Hospital is currently underway.Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The McGowan Government is committed to ensuring all sections of the community have access to high-quality healthcare. "We are investing heavily in our hospitals, both in the city and in the regions. "It is vital that all Western Australians can access medical care in a timely manner. "The Armadale Hospital ED reconfiguration will help with patient flow and getting people care quickly as possible. "The development of a dedicated paediatric patient treatment area will make a real difference to families presenting to Armadale Hospital, and enable children to be treated in a purpose-built area, separate to the adults. "These upgrades will further support the wonderful team at Armadale Hospital to improve the patient experience." Minister's office - 6552 6500
State Disability Strategy to guide WA for the next decade15935Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml3/12/2020 4:27:17 AM2020-12-03T02:00:00Z A whole of community commitment to changing lives of people with disability More than 411,500 Western Australians live with some form of disability Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson has today launched the McGowan Government's State Disability Strategy, a 10-year plan to change the lives of more than 400,000 people with disability in Western Australia. A Western Australia for Everyone - State Disability Strategy 2020-2030 - launched at Kings Park on the UN International Day of People with Disability - sets the vision and direction for the next 10 years of a more inclusive Western Australia that acknowledges and responds to the value of diversity in our community. It is the State's commitment to all people with disability and aims to promote opportunities for the whole community to work together to achieve transformative change. The strategy has been launched alongside WA Police and Autism WA, organisations which have partnered to deliver one of the initiatives outlined in the first action plan that accompanies the strategy. The Autism Awareness Card will alert emergency services, including Police, that the person carrying the card may have communication difficulties or exhibit unusual behaviours. The strategy outlines a new 'whole of community' commitment to changing the lives of people with disability and is grounded in four foundational pillars of participation and contribution; inclusive communities; living well; and rights and equality. Development of the strategy was led by the Disability Services Commission Board and the Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability, alongside a co-design group comprised of people with disability. The process involved significant consultation with people with disability, their families and carers, Aboriginal people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and people in regional Western Australia. It is supported by the first of a series of action plans which outline specific actions and commitments from the whole WA community, including the State Government, industry and the disability sector to creating a more inclusive Western Australia for people with disability. The first action plan was launched alongside the State Disability Strategy with headline commitments including a $5 million innovation fund to support outcomes of the strategy; significant commitment to increase the number of Specialist Disability Accommodation properties in Western Australia by enrolling approximately 400 State-owned houses; commencing work to ensure ACROD parking bays are better monitored and penalties are enforced for parking infringements and demerit points; supporting women with disability with two new accessible family and domestic violence refuges; and increasing the representation of people with disability employed in the public sector to five per cent by the end of 2025. The strategy encompasses education and training, jobs and economic participation, housing, disability services, health and mental health, justice and advocacy, access and inclusion, planning, infrastructure, sport and recreation and more. Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson "This strategy is about making sure everyone is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. "I'm proud to be launching the McGowan Government's strategy and vision for Western Australians with disability on the UN International Day of People with Disability. "The McGowan Government is committed to building inclusive communities which support and empower people with disability. A long-term strategy is required to deliver solid outcomes across a range of key areas, which is why I have committed to implementing a sustained approach over the next 10 years. "This commitment to change is not only about what the Government can do alone - but the power of community coming together to build a truly inclusive Western Australia. "This will be an ongoing journey of change and we can all do our bit. "My thanks and congratulations to the DSC Board, MACD and the co-design group, who have been instrumental in the development of this strategy. Their voices are reflected across the strategy in the pillars, priority areas and actions, and importantly in the tone, aspiration and challenge we are setting for all Western Australians." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Perth’s first one-stop domestic violence hub opens in Mirrabooka15926Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml3/12/2020 1:45:56 AM2020-12-03T01:45:00Z McGowan Government election commitment delivered in Perth's north-east New 'one-stop hub' to make it easier for victims of family and domestic violence in Mirrabooka and surrounding suburbs to access a range of services in one location Appointed operator to begin delivering services Monday, December 7 Launch coincides with day nine of the Government's 16 Days in WA campaign to stop violence against women and their familiesA new 'one-stop hub' that will make it easier for people experiencing or at risk of family and domestic violence to access services has been officially opened in Mirrabooka. Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk toured the completed hub today ahead of service delivery commencing on Monday, December 7. The Mirrabooka is the second such facility launched by the McGowan Government in as many days, after the Minister officially opened the Mara Birni Healing Place one-stop hub in Kalgoorlie yesterday. The Mirrabooka one-stop hub has been named Naala Djookan Healing Centre, which means 'our sisters' in Noongar language. The importance of naming the hub using Noongar language was highlighted during the extensive co-design process for the development of the place-based family and domestic violence hub model. The hub will provide integrated wraparound services to enable people experiencing family and domestic violence to get help sooner, and closer to where they live. The City of Stirling, which already has a strong track record in delivering family and domestic violence support services in the area, will deliver services at the Mirrabooka hub as part of a consortium with a number of specialist agencies working in a range of areas, including health, mental health, counselling, alcohol and other drug, legal, housing and financial counselling services. Several of the consortium partners will also provide family and domestic violence support and services for men off site. There will be a focus on providing culturally safe and trauma informed services and supports for people from all backgrounds. The consortium partnerships with culturally and linguistically diverse services will ensure supports are tailored for people from these communities, and partnerships with Aboriginal organisations will allow for the provision of Aboriginal-led services for Aboriginal people. An 'intake team' will co-ordinate access to services for people experiencing family and domestic violence, taking into account all aspects of the victim's situation. Naala Djookan Healing Centre will also have an important role in raising awareness of family and domestic violence through engagement and education sessions that seek to 'change the story' about family and domestic violence locally and in surrounding areas. The Mirrabooka and Kalgoorlie hubs are part of the McGowan Government's Stopping Family and Domestic Violence Policy, with an additional $73 million committed to family and domestic violence initiatives since 2017. The 'hub' model emerged from extensive research and consultation with peak bodies, government agencies, community members, Aboriginal Elders and people with lived experience of family and domestic violence. It also reduces the requirement of women experiencing family and domestic violence to have to 'tell their story' numerous times, which is often a traumatic experience. The launch of the Mirrabooka hub coincides with day nine of the government's fourth annual 16 Days in WA campaign to stop violence against women and their families. The campaign, which has a theme of 'Respect Starts With You' in 2020, aims to shift community attitudes and views that can lead to violence occurring. Comments attributed to Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk "Family and domestic violence has serious and often ongoing impacts on women's health and wellbeing, including injuries, poor mental health, reproductive health problems, alcohol and drug misuse and even death by homicide. "Naala Djookan Healing Centre will meet a critical need for people experiencing family and domestic violence and their families, enabling them to get the help and support they need sooner and closer to home. "The 'one-stop hub' approach will bring together and wrap services around those who use them, rather than requiring people experiencing family and domestic violence to go to a number of different places. "We identified a need for a family and domestic violence one-stop service in Mirrabooka after coming to government in 2017, so I am proud to be opening this hub that will now begin delivering important services to the community." Comments attributed to Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman "This innovative one-stop hub will simplify access to services, and no doubt provide invaluable support to those experiencing or at risk of family and domestic violence in Mirrabooka and surrounding areas. "By locating specialist supports at one location, there will be less need for women to retell their story to multiple service providers, which is often a traumatic experience for them. "I'm delighted that the McGowan Government has delivered another valuable resource for the Mirrabooka community and appointed a well-regarded service provider in the City of Stirling, which is a well-regarded partner in our efforts to stop family and domestic violence in this area." Minister's office - 6552 6600 Women's Domestic Violence Helpline - 1800 007 339Men's Domestic Violence Helpline - 1800 000 5991800 RESPECT is a national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service.
Permanent mobile tower boosts coverage at Esperance beach15925Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml3/12/2020 1:30:57 AM2020-12-03T01:30:00Z McGowan Government delivers on commitment for permanent mobile tower at Twilight Beach in Esperance Extended mobile coverage will ensure quick and effective communication in an emergency Fisheries Minister Peter Tinley has announced the installation of a new permanent telecommunications tower at Twilight Beach in Esperance today. Telstra installed the new satellite small cell tower, as part of the McGowan Government's Regional Telecommunications Project, to provide mobile coverage across the 2.5 km beach area. It replaces the small cell repeater installed on the roof of the Esperance Goldfields Surf Life Saving Club at Twilight Cove in March as a temporary measure to provide mobile coverage over an area of approximately 50 square metres. The extended mobile coverage gives the public, surf club members and authorities reassurance that in emergencies they can use mobile phones to make reports in cases of emergencies and that any shark sightings can be reported immediately to Water Police. The additional coverage also means beach goers will receive important alerts and warnings via the SharkSmart WA app. Shark tagging operations started in Esperance in October, as part of the McGowan Government's commitment to undertake three months of targeted tagging in the area to address public safety concerns. Shark monitoring receivers are in place at Kelp Beds, West Beach and Twilight Beach off the Esperance coast and detect acoustically tagged sharks which swim within range of the receiver. Shire of Esperance rangers then activate the shark warning systems located on the beachfronts to warn beach users. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Peter Tinley "We understand it has been a very difficult time for the Esperance community. "I am pleased we have been able to work with Telstra and the Shire of Esperance to deliver on our commitment and install this permanent mobile tower for Twilight Beach before summer to enhance public safety. "We will continue to work with the Shire of Esperance over the coming months. "I also encourage everyone planning a trip to the beach along the WA coastline to download the SharkSmart WA app as it provides near real-time information on shark activity, including current alerts and warnings, to beach goers in WA." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Improving regional telecommunications is a priority for the McGowan Government. "I am pleased that through Telstra and the Regional Telecommunications Project, we have been able to install the new permanent cell tower at Twilight Beach in Esperance to improve mobile coverage and address public safety concerns." Fisheries Minister's office - 6552 5300 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
New resource exploring the accessibility of WA’s national parks11118Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml3/12/2020 1:18:51 AM2020-12-03T01:05:00Z New publication on the accessibility of WA's national parks and reserves Access for All publication available from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) has released a new resource for people with disability, their families and carers that highlights the accessibility improvements in Western Australia's national parks and reserves. The new publication comprises a collection of articles from DBCA's quarterly magazine, LANDSCOPE. Articles within the publication cover topics such as how accessibility, wherever possible, is a top priority when planning infrastructure in parks, breakthroughs in adaptive mountain biking and assisted hiking, and how children with disability thrive in nature-based education programs. The articles include recommendations for the State's most accessible parks and attractions. QR codes are also embedded that link to videos on the DBCA YouTube channel, including interviews with cyclists using the Arklow Adaptive mountain bike trail. A free digital version of the publication is available at https// and printed copies can be ordered and posted free of charge here. Comments attributed to Environment and Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson "The opportunity to get out and explore our conservation estate is something that's available to all Western Australians, and this publication is a useful guide for people of all abilities. "The McGowan Government is committed to promoting accessibility in our beautiful State, and I am particularly happy to be releasing this accessibility guide on International Day of People with Disability." Minister's office - 6552 5800
New water infrastructure to support housing growth in Perth’s south11117Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml3/12/2020 1:01:42 AM2020-12-03T01:00:00Z $4.8 million project to support residential development in southern suburbs now completed McGowan Government investing $158.7 million in metropolitan water projects in 2020-21 Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced the completion of a $4.8 million water distribution pipeline which will support future residential development in Perth's south. The 1.7km pipeline between Yangebup and Beeliar, will help transport drinking water to tens of thousands of households in Perth's south metropolitan growth suburbs including Banjup, Yangebup and Hammond Park. The area, which is within the City of Cockburn, is one of 26 local governments across Australia classified as 'growth areas'. Delivered by the Water Corporation, the six-month project created 20 local jobs during construction. Among those to benefit was Aboriginal-owned business Oaks Civil, which supplied traffic management services. In consultation with the City of Cockburn, revegetation work was completed within the Beeliar bushland and at Ronsard Park following construction. In 2020-21, the McGowan Government, through the Water Corporation, is investing $158.7 million in infrastructure projects that will ensure the reliable supply of fresh drinking water to Perth homes and businesses. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "This project is another example of the McGowan Government delivering on its commitment to provide the infrastructure our city and suburbs need to grow. "I would like to thank the residents along Williambury Drive, Rapania Rise, Catspaw Avenue and Friarbird Terrace for their patience while the pipeline was being constructed. "In addition to creating 20 local jobs during construction, it's fantastic to see the important work that has gone into revegetating the pipeline corridor to offset any environmental impact." Comments attributed to Cockburn MLA Francis Logan "It's vital that infrastructure keeps pace with housing development particularly when it comes to water supply, as it ensures not only new connections for new homes, but it makes sure good water pressure is still there for the existing suburbs. "I welcome this further investment into the growing suburbs of Cockburn, and I congratulate the Water Corporation and its contractors for this local job. Minister's office - 6552 6100
New nursery to help meet international demand for WA trout11116Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml3/12/2020 12:37:09 AM2020-12-02T23:30:00Z Fresh Western Australian rainbow trout and roe are now reaching restaurants in Asia A new commercial trout nursery will improve quality, quantity, speed and efficiency DPIRD is working with industry to help expand trout aquaculture in the South-West Around 14 kilometres from Manjimup, Fisheries Minister Peter Tinley has today opened a new nursery facility that will take a South-West aquaculture company to the next level of production and diversity, as it meets a growing demand from Asian markets for premium freshwater fish. It is not uncommon for high quality rainbow trout to be swimming at Blue Ridge Marron one day and to be on a plate and served in a high quality Singapore restaurant the next day, after being exported fresh from Western Australia with no freezing involved along the way. Trout Caviar is also growing in popularity as this WA venture expands production of fresh and smoked trout products for gourmet delis in Perth and around Australia, in conjunction with the international markets it is now developing in Asia, which also include Hong Kong. The new facility established by Peter McGinty and Steve Vidovich, who are industry leaders in South-West aquaculture, will enable their company, which also exports marron products, to improve the quality and quantity as well as increasing the speed and efficiency of production, which will assist jobs and help the local economy. As with other South-West trout aquaculture operations, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development's (DPIRD's) Pemberton Hatchery sells fry that are grown-out in the Blue Ridge Marron nursery and later transferred to farm ponds. Two-year-old rainbow trout and their roe are playing an important role in building a market for premium aquaculture products. Along with initiating the Aquaculture Development plan launched this month, the McGowan Government is actively encouraging investment in WA to grow jobs and also welcoming industry partnerships with DPIRD's Aquaculture Research and Development team. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Peter Tinley "Trout farming in the Manjimup and Pemberton districts has had a long history and the community and Government fisheries management departments have benefitted from a strong partnership with the Pemberton Trout Hatchery for nearly 50 years now. "Intensive trout aquaculture in WA began to develop back in the 1980s and farming practices have had to innovate and adapt to a warming and drying climate, so innovation and creativity as well as marketing skill have become vital for the trout aquaculture ventures of 2020. "Trout products from our southern forests are now impressing international and local WA consumers, which is great news for the domestic economy and for supporting local jobs." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Kimberley Aboriginal communities get $1.75 million for sport and recreation projects15924Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2420html2/12/2020 12:31:41 PM2020-12-02T12:20:00Z State Government contributes $1.75 million to Kimberley Aboriginal communities for sport and recreation projects Five Fitzroy Valley Aboriginal communities to get more than $400,000 to construct/upgrade general-purpose playing surfaces $1.34 million also allocated to help build better facilities in One Arm Point and Wyndham The State Government is to contribute more than $400,000 to construct and repair basketball courts at five remote Aboriginal communities in the West Kimberley region. Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray made the announcement today in the East Kimberley town of Fitzroy Crossing. The funding is part of a total of $1,748,721 provided to Aboriginal groups for three major sport and recreation projects in the wider Kimberley region. The funding is provided under the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) administered by the Department of Local Government and Cultural Industries. Of that total, $402,745 will fund the construction of three new multi-purpose sporting courts and upgrade two other sporting courts. The multi-purpose courts will be located in the Junjuwa, Bayulu, Noonkanbah, Yakanarra and Wangkatjunka communities. The communities were selected as they are the five largest communities in the Fitzroy Valley region and also represent the main five language groups in the region. The other two CSRFF projects to be funded are $591,783 to the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley to upgrade change rooms and lighting at Clarrie Cassidy Oval in Wyndham; and $754,193 to Ardyaloon Incorporated to construct two basketball courts with lighting in the northern reaches of the Shire of Broome. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "I'm very pleased the State Government has been able to help increase Aboriginal participation rates by helping fund these sport and recreation projects. "This is the first year we've had the changed funding criteria for remote and regional Aboriginal communities, and this has resulted in a surge of applications. "Sport plays a big role in the Kimberley and I know the teams here are passionate about their basketball and other sports. "These courts will not only help players develop their skills - they will provide wider benefits in terms of both mental and physical health and building connected communities." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer "I am very happy the State Government has committed to supporting and developing sporting infrastructure and facilities in the Kimberley. "On behalf of the communities - thank you!" Minister's office - 6552 6400